i want to count every time that i call the function , i tried to increase the number by every time that I called but it doesn't work , it always gives 1 .

function getdeployedcontracts () public returns (string, uint,uint,uint,uint,uint,address,address) {

     Request storage request= contracts [index];

    return (request.d,
     index+= 1;

  • @smarx ,@ MSwezey after deleting view , i cant see the return variable anymore
    – mesh123456
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:41
  • 1
    this code is actually valid, as index is a variable instantiated inside of the function and thus does not modify state. Mar 15, 2019 at 19:49
  • The logic behind the code may need to be redone. Mar 15, 2019 at 19:49

3 Answers 3


view functions are called via a "call" rather than a transaction and thus cannot change state.

Remove the view modifier, and things should work.

  • ,@ MSwezey after deleting view , i cant see the return variable anymore
    – mesh123456
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:42
  • Transactions don't have return values. If you want to communicate a value back to an external caller, you'll need to emit an event.
    – user19510
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:53

view marks the function as read-only, aka, cannot write state changes.

Remove view, and it should work as expected.

Update - your code does not save state still, below properly increments and save state

    uint index;

    function getdeployedcontracts () public returns (uint result) {
            result = index; // get & return previous value, staring with 0
            index += 1; // increment value

Update #2:

pragma solidity ^0.5.0;

contract U256 {

    struct Request{
        string name;
        uint a;
        uint b;
        uint c;
        uint d;
        uint e;
        address a1;
        address a2;

    Request[] contracts;
    uint index;

    constructor() public {

    function getdeployedcontracts () public returns (string memory, uint,uint,uint,uint,uint,address,address) {

        Request memory request = contracts[index];

        index += 1;

        return (request.name,
  • @smarx ,@ MSwezey after deleting view , i cant see the return variable anymore
    – mesh123456
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:42
  • I verified on remix, the return value is there still. But your code needs to be updated. See my updated comment in 1 minute. Mar 15, 2019 at 19:46
  • could i ask which compiler version that u use , i tried with 4.17 and it is still the same
    – mesh123456
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:53
  • Compiler version doesn't matter in this particular instance. You need to check your transactions decoded output. What tool(s) are you using? Remix? Mar 15, 2019 at 20:52
  • yes remix , u can see the code that i tried . actually i want to view one request in my array like contract [index] , so i want used the idea of counter to show at first , 0 then 1 ,.... . but i cant know how to express my idea , (i edited the code )
    – mesh123456
    Mar 15, 2019 at 21:29

put index+= 1 or index.increment() or index = index+1 before return.

The function stop when something return.

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